NPR

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Listen Up Philip (2014)

"Despite Philip and Ike's deep-set stubbornness, however, the experience of watching Listen Up Philip feels like a revelation."

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Tomas Hachard

2 79%

Fury (2014)

"Fury is a big step up in sophistication. Where it elevates itself from being merely a believably grimy, well-acted war drama is in its long and surprising middle act."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Chris Klimek

3 92%

Birdman (2014)

"[The] full title is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), but rest assured, the more you know, the more fun it'll be."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Bob Mondello

4 80%

The Golden Era (2014)

"Beautifully made and deftly performed ..."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Mark Jenkins

5 100%

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

"Like all fairy tales worth their salt, the movie trusts children to take on the big themes of life, death and despair included, and thus removes the sting."

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Ella Taylor

6 75%

Kill the Messenger (2014)

"Kill the Messenger does a credible if not dazzling job. In fact, the movie is a lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale."

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Mark Jenkins

7 79%

Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I tend to gravitate toward it because it has both good jokes and lots of jokes, because I love the cast, and because I've followed Caspe into Weirdsville before and never, ever been sorry. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Linda Holmes

8 42%

I Am Ali (2014)

"I Am Ali's contributions to the mountain of extant Ali scholarship are slight, but the privilege of eavesdropping on a man who inspired so many while he asks his little girl Maryum if she's yet determined her purpose on Earth is not."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Chris Klimek

9 74%

St. Vincent (2014)

"You can put Murray in a drama or a comedy or almost anything that isn't too loud or too busy, and he'll drain the goo without also ditching the humanity."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Ella Taylor

10 96%

Whiplash (2014)

"Ultimately, what keeps Whiplash from becoming a joyride whose effects last only as long as its adrenaline rush are Simmons and Teller's performances and Chazelle's insight into Andrew's personality."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Tomas Hachard

11 96%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" What executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti have settled on here is a kind of family-friendly action-adventure show with a solid sense of humor about itself as well as a strong streak of sentiment about the things that really matter. "

Posted Oct 7, 2014

Linda Holmes

12 82%

Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" My hope is that we'll eventually get a more nuanced tale of what this unending war is doing to all of us in the homeland from Homeland, rather than a spy thriller garnished with predictable lessons about meddling in the Middle East. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Deggans

13 15%

Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Mulaney is a comic, but he is not an actor. He could in theory grow into one, but he seems very, very ill-suited to it in the early episodes, awkward and stiff reading lines instead of talking to an audience. This is not his wheelhouse. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Linda Holmes

14 82%

Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" It's clear that Homeland, this many years in, is just like Saul: It still has things to say, and ideas to explore, even if they're not always comfortable to absorb. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

David Bianculli

15 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

" In the film's final stages [Fincher] seems to be relying entirely on craft - but, boy, is it effective craft."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Bob Mondello

16 18%

Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This seems like a show exceedingly unlikely to succeed, but it won't be because Walsh isn't funny. It will be because even good shows often suffer from too much tinkering, and not-so-good shows can suffer even more. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Linda Holmes

17 65%

Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" if you really want to enjoy Gracepoint, consider watching it with a friend who doesn't yet know the story.Because the best way to experience this reimagined story is through fresh eyes. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Linda Holmes

18 66%

A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Once you get past all the stuff that's being used to make the show stand out - the show is pretty good. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Linda Holmes

19 85%

The Good Lie (2014)

"A big, eager puppy of an issue movie that plants its paws on your chest and licks away at your cheek in eager expectation of praise."

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Ella Taylor

20 2%

Left Behind (2014)

"American Idol champ Jordin Sparks .. sings the end-credits ditty, "I Wish We'd All Been Ready." Viewers will wish that director Vic Armstrong and scripters Paul Lalonde and John Patus had been ready, too."

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Mark Jenkins

21 89%

The Blue Room (2014)

"The Blue Room pieces together the details of its plot like a jigsaw puzzle, but seeing the final picture is not its principal pleasure."

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Tomas Hachard

22 65%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"The Girlfriend Experience proves that a visually striking film can be made on the fly. But grab-and-run is a more fruitful strategy for images than scripts."

Posted Oct 1, 2014

Mark Jenkins

23 20%

Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's not creepy or eerie or even all that scary, it's just mean and boring, and you have better things to do, no matter how little you have to do. "

Posted Oct 1, 2014

Linda Holmes

24 56%

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The first half is really awful and the second half is like watching a lighter flicked and flicked and flicked, where it refuses to produce a flame but feels like it could. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Linda Holmes

25 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"If the production is slightly too atmospheric, the performances are bracingly specific, led by Affleck, whose task is complex."

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Linda Holmes

26 98%

Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Transparent is a drama/comedy series that could, in theory, make the Emmy nominations next year in either of those categories. It's that good. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

David Bianculli

27 93%

Pride (2014)

"The film's high spirits are genuinely infectious. And it says something that 30 years after the events it depicts, Pride should feel so unexpectedly rousing."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Bob Mondello

28 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"It scrapes together two gripping, closely observed acts before lobotomizing itself for an over-the-top final third that tips the needle from "Pleasure" to "Pleasure, Guilty, Shame on You!""

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Chris Klimek

29 81%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"The Two Faces of January feels shot too tight and cut too tight; it doesn't push forward at a bewilderingly fast pace, but its story and its performances still feel like they need more room to breathe."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Tomas Hachard

30 81%

Lilting (2014)

"Ungovernable gusts of longing, grief and anger leak from this muted British chamber piece about two hitherto unconnected Londoners struggling with the loss of the young man they both loved."

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Ella Taylor

31 20%

Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" How about: Don't Watch This. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

32 23%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" So much to hate here: an unfunny script, hackneyed female character tropes and adults who act as if they are helpless to make knuckleheaded children obey their rules. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

33 15%

Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" John Mulaney is a great standup comic and former writer for Saturday Night Live. But he's created a humorless sitcom that feels like a bad Seinfeld ripoff. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

34 100%

Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's the same soap opera pile-up of circumstances that made me love Ugly Betty. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

35 96%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A faithful rendering of the story behind the fastest man alive. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

36 98%

Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Tambor's heart-rending portrayal of a man finally becoming who he's always feared to be is worth enduring three self-obsessed, not-quite-adults and the emotional wreckage left in their wake. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

37 85%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" At a time when so much talk about race is so serious, it's a pleasure to see a show which has a good time poking fun at everyone's misconceptions and hangups. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

38 90%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a mishmash of previous Batman stories - a bit of The Dark Knight's gritty realism, a touch of the timelessness and silliness of Tim Burton's Batman. It's an interesting blend. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

39 67%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While I love the cast of Madam Secretary, almost every role is played by someone who's done excellent work on TV, the writing and the unfolding storylines just keep spiraling downward and becoming more disappointing. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

David Bianculli

40 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Linda Holmes

41 39%

Tusk (2014)

"Tusk is an overextended, tonally incoherent joke that would make viewers squirm even if it didn't involve a bloody and demented medical experiment."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Mark Jenkins

42 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"For the most part, Gilliam's visual eye drowns out his actor's performances, and in this case the effect is marred by a distinct familiarity to his imagined world."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Tomas Hachard

43 81%

Tracks (2014)

"Screenwriter Marion Nelson's overly expository dialogue reduces Robyn to an explorer-type daddy's girl we've met before, trudging diligently through the heat and dust, throwing off clichés."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Ella Taylor

44 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"At its best, The Skeleton Twins exudes the vague unease of two putative grown-ups trying to stifle their awareness that the lives they've chosen neither fit nor suit them."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Ella Taylor

45 90%

Stray Dogs (2014)

"In its most evocative moments offers images that will stick in your mind even longer than they stay on the screen."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Tomas Hachard

46 86%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 (TV, 2014)

" Sons of Anarchy works, in part, because it's designed as a soap opera for guys, wrapping emotional stories of family love, betrayal, sacrifice, scandal and murder in a mix of high-adrenaline outlaw action. "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Eric Deggans

47 100%

The Chair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The filmmaker's journey in The Chair -- that's a reality TV show I can actually, and heartily, endorse. "

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Bianculli

48 74%

Kelly & Cal (2014)

"The film is mostly proof that changing the gender and details in a premise doesn't do much good if the presentation is conventional in nearly every other way."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Tomas Hachard

49 100%

Rocks in my Pockets (2014)

"Coasting over the denials and euphemisms offered by nervous uncles and cousins, Baumane uncovers a gene pool heavily freighted with mental illness, depression and self-annihilation."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Ella Taylor